Jefferson, Our Barbarous Ancestors and Marriage

The Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart reflects on how far we have to go on the issue of marriage equality. 


The Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart reflects on how far we have to go on the issue of marriage equality.  

My run yesterday found me bounding up the stairs of the Jefferson Memorial. One of my favorite things to do is share Jefferson’s unobstructed view across the Tidal Basin of the White House. But this time, I took a moment to read one of the panels holding the wise man’s wise words. These particular words renewed my awe at the Founding Fathers’ ability to foresee a nation that would grow and advance in ways they could never imagine.

I am not an advocate for frequent changes in laws and constitutions, but laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths discovered and manners and opinions change, with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also to keep pace with the times. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when a boy as civilized society to remain ever under the regimen of their barbarous ancestors.

Of course, my mind went immediately to how far this nation has come (and has yet to go) on marriage equality.

Read Jonathan Capehart's entire piece at the Washington Post.

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